Ex-Burlington councilman gets 32 years for abusing teens

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — A judge has sentenced a former Burlington City Council member to 32 years in prison after his conviction of sexual abusing teenage girls.

The Hawk Eye reports District Judge John Linn on Monday sentenced former councilman Chris King to 32 years following his Aug. 11 conviction of three counts of third-degree sexual abuse and one count of assault with the intent to commit sexual abuse of teenage girls. King met the girls, aged 16 to 18, through his Burlington photo studio.

The 42-year-old King must serve at least 70 percent of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

King, a council member from 2002 to 2005, has said sex with the girls was consensual.

King faces another sexual abuse trial starting Dec. 13 for charges involving other teenage girls.